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									Extension-Military
   Partnership




  Cathann A. Kress, Program Lead - Partnerships
 Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense

  Charles Hibberd, Associate Dean and Director,
 Cooperative Extension Service, Purdue University
 Changes in Military Family Landscape
 •   High operational tempo
 •   Deployment extensions
 •   Large Guard and Reserve population deploying
 •   Family isolation
     –   Single parent families
     –   Sustained impact on children
     –   Financial issues
     –   Increasing stress


Our challenge:
Reaching families to offer assistance
and resources specifically designed
to help minimize their stress.
Challenges:
        Changing Communities= Changing Services
•   Delivering correct, user-friendly information
•   Reaching Guard and Reserve families
•   Engaging community leaders
•   Reaching the single service members
•   Meeting emerging expectations of new generations
•   Building a worldwide, trusted communication system to connect
    with troops and families

            “The Right Information, at the Right Time,
                       to the Right People”

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Expanding Services

Each of our goals is dependent
 upon leveraging partnerships
 for us to be successful.
Mission Focused Partnership




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             Mission
  The mission of this partnership is
to advance the health, well-being, and
   quality of life for military Service
      members, families, and their
 communities through the coordination
  of research, education and extension
                programs.
Partners
                   MC&FP



            Air
                             Army
           Force


                   Navy &
                   Marines
How the Partnership Grew
•   1987 – Navy partnered with CES Families program
•   1995 - 4-H/Army Youth Development Project
•   2005 – 4-H/Air Force Youth Development Project
•   2007 – 4-H/Navy Youth Development Project
4-H built relationships with Army, Air Force, & Navy in support of the common
   mission for positive youth development experiences for children and youth
   wherever they live.

• 2009 – NIFA-MC&FP Partnership
    Partnership expanded beyond 4-H and individual Services.
By the Numbers
• 23,769 military youth enrolled in 4-H clubs
• 107,731 youth involved through Operation: Military
  Kids
• 101 4-H Military Club Grants awarded to states
• 1,298 military youth development professionals
  trained
• 95 Active Army Installations and Guard & Reserve
  using Operation READY
• 75 Extension staff working on Texas Army Bases
  (Fort Hood, Fort. Bliss, & Fort Sam Houston)
                  States Most Highly Impacted by Deployments

                       WA
                                                                                                                   NH
                                               MT                                                                         ME
                                                          ND                                                  VT
                                                                      MN
                      OR
                                     ID                   SD                    WI                                             MA
                                                                                                              NY
                                               WY                                         MI                                   RI
                                                                                                                       CT
                                                                         IA                              PA
                           NV                               NE                                                       NJ
                                                                                               OH
                 CA                                                               IL    IN
                                          UT                                                                        DE
                                                    CO                                              WV VA
                                                               KS                                                   MD
                                                                           MO            KY

                                                                                        TN               NC
                                     AZ                          OK
                                               NM                          AR
                                                                                                     SC
            HI                                                                          AL     GA
                                                                                 MS
                                                                           LA
                                                            TX

                                AK                                                                       FL
                                                                                                                         Legend

                                                                                                                        States with the
                                                                                                                        highest rates of
                                                                                                                        deployments among
                                                                                                                        all components,
California, North Carolina, Texas, Indiana, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, Virginia,                  including Reserve &
Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, Michigan, Mississippi,                  Guard
Alabama
                                 Current Partnership Project States

                       WA
                                                                                                                 NH
                                               MT                                                                       ME
                                                         ND                                                 VT
                                                                    MN
                      OR
                                     ID                  SD                   WI                                             MA
                                                                                                            NY
                                               WY                                       MI                                   RI
                                                                                                                     CT
                                                                       IA                              PA
                           NV                             NE                                                       NJ
                                                                                             OH
                 CA                                                             IL    IN
                                          UT                                                                      DE
                                                    CO                                            WV VA
                                                              KS                                                  MD
                                                                         MO            KY

                                                                                      TN               NC
                                     AZ                        OK
                                               NM                        AR                        SC
            HI                                                                        AL     GA
                                                                               MS
                                                                         LA
                                                          TX

                                AK                                                                     FL


                                                                                                                        Legend
                                                                                                                      Participating states;
                                                                                                                      includes
                                                                                                                      representatives from
Washington State University, University of Arizona, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska,                  1862 & 1890
Kansas State University, Purdue University, Ohio State University, Southern, Cornell, Penn State                      institutions
University, West Virginia State University, West Virginia University, Virginia Tech, University of
Maryland, North Carolina State University, University of Georgia, Michigan State University
Lead Institution: Purdue University
• State highly impacted by deployments with no
  installation;
• Military Family Research Institute;

Coordination of overall partnership with DoD,
  NIFA, partnering universities, and others.




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Other Lead Institutions
•   The Ohio State University
•   Washington State University
•   eXtension (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
•   North Carolina State University
•   University of Arizona
•   Kansas State University




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Institutions with Project Awards
•   Purdue
•   Virginia Tech
•   University of Maryland
•   University of Georgia
•   Penn State University
•   West Virginia University
•   West Virginia State University
•   Cornell University
•   Southern University
•   Michigan State University
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Objectives & Supporting
       Initiatives




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Three Primary Partnership Areas
• Community capacity building in support of
  military families

• Workforce Development

• Strengthening family, child care, & youth
  development programs
            Key Objectives
• Improve community capacity to support
  military families

• Increase professional development and
  workforce development opportunities

• Expand and strengthen programs in family
  readiness, child development, & youth
  development
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Community Capacity Building
TARGET: Local communities and leaders
GOAL: Build greater awareness of challenges faced
  by military families and build local support
PROGRAM EXAMPLES:
• Military Community, Family & Youth Extension
  Programs
• Communications & Outreach
• County-Based Services Directory (NACo)
• PROJECT Y.E.S.
Military Community, Family & Youth
Extension Program
•   Family Readiness Clearing House
•   Youth Fitness Programs
•   Database for Child and Youth Report
•   Health Literacy Education
•   Basic Meal Preparation
•   Personal Work Life Skills
•   Community Gardening
•   Heart Link & Key Spouse Program Support
•   4-H Out-of-School Programs
•   Training and Materials for Youth Camps
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Workforce & Professional Development
TARGET: Potential employees (including military spouses)
GOAL: Recruit and retain talent to work in MC&FP related
  fields within the military
PROGRAM EXAMPLES:
• Internship Program
• Professional Development & Technical Assistance for
  Children, Youth & Family Programs
• Capital Region Child Development Lab School System
• University Passport Program
Strengthening Family, Child & Youth Development Programs

  TARGET: Military Helping Professionals
  GOAL: Enhance and strengthen programs
    particularly through research-based efforts
  PROGRAM EXAMPLES:
  • Family Readiness Clearinghouse
  • eXtension.org Military Community of Practice
  • Engaging Faculty Expertise
     – Sabbaticals, colloquia, etc.
     – Focus on program evaluation, military family research,
       program and curricula development;
Extension Directors &
Administrators Leadership Network
Purpose:
  • Represent the interests of the partnership to internal and external
    stakeholders.
  • Assist with the identification of innovative opportunities.
  • Identify opportunities for continued expansion of the partnership.
  • Serve as a voice for the partnership, its impact and potential.
Members:
  • Dr. Orlando McMeans, 1890s
  • Dr. Linda Kay Fox, West
  • Dr. Glenn Applebee, Northeast
  • Dr. Daryl Buchholz, North Central
  • TBA, Southern Region
  • Dr. Cathann Kress, MC&FP, DoD
  • Dr. Lisa Lauxman, NIFA
  • Dr. Chuck Hibberd, MCFYE                                              22
Lessons Learned
• Military Command Structure
• Try not to surprise your partners
• Recognize that three partners (NIFA, DoD,
  Universities) bring different things to the table
• Do your homework
   – Research on unique needs of military families
   – Doing the same programs with same people won’t
     work
Future Partnership Projects
• Concept papers for the Extension Military
  Collaboration have been received for the1st
  Solicitation period (Feb 19th to Mar 9th)
• Concept papers from the 1st solicitation are
  currently being reviewed
• 2nd Solicitation Period: June 15th to July 15th




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                       Benefits

   DoD & Components                  USDA, LGU’s, CES
• High quality workforce to    •   Engaged faculty
  meet demand                  •   Curriculum development;
• High quality curriculum      •   Increased participation in
  and materials                    4-H and family
• Faculty expertise for            educational programs;
  research, strategic          •   New resources
  planning, and evaluation
                               •   Enhanced collaborations
• Enhanced quality and
                               •   Multi-state projects
  capacity to serve military
  families
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 Related Links
 •   www.extension.org
 •   www.networkofcare.org
 •   www.militaryonesource.com
 •   www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil
 •   www.defense.gov

Questions?
 • Cathann Kress cathann.kress@osd.mil
 • Charles Hibberd hibberd@purdue.edu
 • Lisa Lauxman llauxman@nifa.usda.gov
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